THE Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that the Emergency Management System (EMS) policy which was launched last February would reduce morbidity and mortality and ensure that there was prompt response to emergencies.
The minister made the assertion at the ongoing Second Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Society of Emergency Care Practitioners (SEMPON) on Thursday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference is, ‘Emergency Medicine and Patient Safety: How Safe Are Our Emergency Departments?’
The minister, who was represented by Prof Lanre Adeyemo, Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (DCMAC), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said the policy would help coordinate and integrate EMS across Nigeria.
Other objectives of the policy include formulating, regulating and implementing guidelines to ensure prompt response to emergencies.
“The justification for the policy is that there has been a rise in morbidity and mortality due to several disasters and emergencies.
“Managing disasters is about proper coordination and we need to put a policy in place.
“The roles and responsibilities of the actors in emergency services are clearly stipulated, from the federal level to the state and at the local government levels,” he said.
Also, Dr Jide Idris, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health said that preparedness for emergencies was crucial and there was need to ensure that there was a ready plan to curb outbreaks.
He noted that emergency responses weren’t only needed for accidents but also for outbreaks of diseases.
Dr Olufemi Taiwo, who represented the Commissioner told NAN that the state had put structures in place to ensure prompt response to emergencies.
“We have the unit that links with disease surveillance officials in case there’s an outbreak.